Having a sleepless night now and then can be annoying. But when you have restless legs syndrome, going without sleep night after night can make life miserable. You may be so tired that you just feel like crying
What Is Restless Legs Syndrome?
Restless legs syndrome is a disorder that makes you feel like you must move your legs. People often describe these feelings as tingling, "pins and needles," prickling, pulling, aching or crawling. When you have restless legs, moving them usually makes them feel better, at least for a short time. For most people, this problem happens at night when they are trying to sleep
What Causes Restless Legs Syndrome?
Usually there isn't a clear reason for restless legs. The problem often runs in families. Sometimes there is a clear cause, like not getting enough iron. If that’s the case, treating the cause may solve the problem. Women sometimes get restless legs while they are pregnant. The problem usually goes away after the baby is born.
How Is Restless Leg Syndrome Treated?
If your symptoms are mild, a few lifestyle changes may be enough to control your symptoms. Some changes that may help:
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol and caffeine
- Keep your bedroom cool, quiet and comfortable
- Get regular exercise
- Massage the leg or the arm, or use heat or ice packs